Description

My Dad's old Vista computer was showing its age, so it was time to build him a new rig. He requested a computer that had a SD card reader, DVD/BluRay drive, and SSD. He uses his computer primary for camera photo uploading, Photoshop editing, geologic map creation, and word processing.

I really liked the look of the brand-new Termaltake Core X31 case, especially since it satisfied the need for two 5.25" drive bays. The case is very sturdy, well built, and thoughtfully laid out; leaving many options available for customization. There is plenty of room for advanced cooling options for those who need it.

The ASUS H170 motherboard was also a very specific pick, as it is one of only a few LGA 1151 motherboards available that have TWO on-board USB 3.0 headers. I chose a H170 to save money because overclocking was not necessary for this build.

I recommend the Atech Flash Technology Pro-77U for anyone who needs a memory card reader. It fits a 5.25" drive bay, and appears to be the only memory card reader on the market that runs EXCLUSIVELY through a USB 3.0 motherboard header. All the other card readers on the market are older and use at least two different connectors, such as a UBS 2.0 header and a SATA connector, to achieve full functionality.

The other components in this build are pretty self-explanatory.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I did a similar build last weekend for my grandfather. Gotta admire how clean and simple it is. Nice job.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the compliment. This particular computer case was wonderful to work with. I checked out the build you made for your grandfather. Looks like we appreciate the same CPU cooling technology :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Does Photoshop benefit from having a dedicated gpu???

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It all depends on how old or new, crappy or good, computer you have. if you're running a system with an old dual-core, then yes, a dedicated gpu would be better to relieve the stress of the igpu off of the cpu. On a new system, like this, a dedicated gpu would not be needed, but always a plus if you do. (better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it)

Hope this helps

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I made that comment 2 months ago!!! I don't even remember the context but thanks for the answer anyways!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap I love this case? The placement of those ext bays is really aesthetically pleasing. But I totally feel you with looking for LGA1151 mobos with more than one on-board USB 3.0 header, the one I went with only has one but I didn't want to shell out more for one with two and I needed the OC ability ;c

Aghh the Atech card reader looks so good too, the only problem being that I lack a second USB 3.0 header ; u;

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable Management Award goes to this build :D :3

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I feel like I've seen that case somewhere before...

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah thats right! the define r5, extremely similar case, with a few things done better than the define.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

He is very happy indeed :)